What to Watch Friday: Haven Returns, CSI: NY's Almost-Finale, the ALMA Awards and More

On TV this Friday: You haven’t died and gone to Haven; the sci-fi series is back. Speaking of shuffling off this mortal coil, Mac nearly does so in a CSI: NY encore and the Boss may be one step closer to turning in the keys to the city for good. In happier news, you’re bound to see some of your faves when the 2012 ALMA Awards recognize Hispanic achievement in entertainment. Here are nine programs to look for tonight.

8 pm America’s Next Top Model: College Edition (The CW) | The girls work a fashion show to raise funds for singer Alicia Keys’ charity, Keep a Child Alive, and then get launched into the air, pom-poms flying, for a cheerleading shoot.

8 pm 2012 ALMA Awards (NBC) | America Ferrerra (Ugly Betty) and Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) are among the stars scheduled to be on hand for the annual American Latino Media Arts Awards. Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and George Lopez (Lopez Tonight) host.

8:30 pm Code: 9 (Disney Channel) | In this family-friendly version of Punk’d, kids prank a mom who thinks she’s in for a peaceful yoga session. Q: What did the mad yoga mom say to the kids who’d pranked her? A: Wait ’til I get you om!

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9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | Repeat to Revisit: When the drama didn’t know whether or not it would be back for a ninth season, it capped Season 8 with one heck of an hour that could’ve served as a series finale. And now that we know the show will return, we can instead just enjoy the “very reflective” episode – in which Mac gets shot and spends some time with his dead wife Claire (played by Jaime Ray Newman).

9 pm Boss (Starz) | Chicago’s not doing so well, mainly because Kane’s decisions about the housing project lead to rioting and looting. At the same time, the big man seeks treatment at an alternative clinic, where he comes face-to-face with his past.

9 pm Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (TBS) | In back-to-back episodes, Marcus gets the idea that he’s not really MJ’s father and Marcus and Richard get into a heavy-duty argument.

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10 pm Haven (Syfy) | Season 3 premiere: We pick up right where Season 2 left off, with Audrey kidnapped, Nathan warned not to pursue a relationship with her and Duke and Nathan engaged in a battle to the death. Where it goes from there is simply out-of-this-world, while the hour’s closing moments unearth a haunting new mystery. (Get more scoop in this Ask Ausiello column.)

10 pm Strike Back (Cinemax) | Working on the DL, the team tries to figure out why Knox would break an opposition political leader out of a Zimbabwe prison. Meanwhile, someone familiar offers to help Knox.

10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and writer Salman Rushdie join Maher’s wry weekly news recap.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions. 


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  1. Spencer says:

    You mean MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

  2. Two things I want to see in Haven; The Shop from Firestarter and Randall Flagg (who the opening credits have been teasing since the first episode). I’m sure that The Shop is behind Audrey’s memory problems.

  3. King says:

    CSI: NY repeat for me tonight. It could have been a perfect ending (and outside the box too). I love how the dreams accurately portrayed how was Mac’s relationship with each CSI. It was indeed very reflective.

    I’m also watching Strike Back. It’s the best action series ever! I love how fast the story moves on. There no dragging or stalling.

  4. Brandy says:

    Top Model

  5. Bella says:

    CSI NY and Haven! So excited that Haven is back.

  6. L says:

    Ghost Adventures

  7. forwarddad says:

    Shark Tank

  8. Rain says:

    Can’t wait for Haven tonight! I recently rewatched both S1 & S2 and I’ve been dying to see what happens next!

  9. Danielle says:

    Strikeback. Love me some Damien Scott!

  10. Toni says:

    My DVR said Grimm was a repeat tonight but I read elsewhere that it was a new episode. Anyone have any insight?

  11. Russ says:

    HAVEN! love this underrated show. Can’t wait for a killer season.

  12. I love how CSI:NY fans will gladly watch the rerun! It was such an amazing episode. That’s what I love about the writers for that show: they don’t go overboard with drama, but they touch us with their amazing storytelling.

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